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More than 30,000 domestic abuse victims denied legal aid as result of LASPO

The Guardian has reported research calculating that the proportion of domestic abuse cases funded by legal aid has fallen from 75 per cent to 47 per cent in 10 years.

The Guardian says that to mark the tenth anniversary of the Legal Aid, Sentencing, and Punishment of Offenders Act coming into force, the House of Commons Library was asked to review the impact of the legislation. It found that, in real terms, spending on civil legal aid for domestic abuse cases had fallen by 37 per cent from 2010-11 to 2020-21. It has estimated that about 34,000 people who might otherwise have sought protection against perpetrators by means, for example, of non-molestation or occupation orders, have been denied legal aid.

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